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Anti-gun rally hits McKeon’s Valencia office

Posted: August 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Ginger Simpson, left and Alex Reza set up signs with messages against gun violence as a small group gathers at the entrance to Congressman Buck McKeon's, R-Santa Clarita, office building in Valencia for an anti-gun violence rally on Wednesday. Photo by Dan Watson.

About 30 people gathered outside the Santa Clarita Valley office of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, Wednesday to urge him to support expanded gun control measures, such as background checks.

The event was part of a larger, national push by the advocacy group Organizing for Action, said Peter Rothenberg, a chapter lead volunteer for the group.

“We hope we can sway him to our side,” Rothenberg said of McKeon.

A large focus of the event Wednesday afternoon was pushing for more background checks on prospective gun owners, a proposal that failed to get through the U.S. Senate earlier this year.

“There are some things in life that, whether you win or you lose, you just have to do,” Rothenberg said outside of McKeon’s office on The Old Road. “And this is one of them.”

Some of the attendees at the event also discussed the matter with McKeon himself.

Morris Thomas, his district director, said the congressman is always willing to hear the concerns of his constituents, but that McKeon needs to read any legislation before he takes a stance on it.

“His position is to wait until the legislation hits his desk so he can read it in detail and decide whether to support it,” Thomas said.

Some of the attendees marched down to the corner of The Old Road and Valencia Boulevard to display signs reading, “Do we value kids more than guns?” and “Reduce gun violence with common sense gun laws” to cars driving through the intersection.

Valencia resident Ginger Simpson said she would like to see some new gun control laws passed, such as banning large-capacity ammunition magazines.

“What’s more important today than helping change a country’s mind on sensible gun laws?” she said. “I can’t think of anything.”
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